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,000. >> woodruff: president obama and governor mitt romney were slugging it out again today on the campaign trail, both of them in the battleground state of ohio. and both of them mindful of the need to turn out younger voters, who went overwhelmingly for mr. obama in 2008, but who are proving more elusive this year. i traveled to the columbus area this past weekend ahead of the candidates to find out just how elusive. >> fired up! ready to go! >> woodruff: ohio state university students about to head out from an obama campaign office to register voters, yell a familiar refrain. >> fired up! ready to go! >> woodruff: they are a coveted voting block for the president, in this fiercely contested swing state. four years ago, mr. obama won 18- to 29-year-olds nationwide by 66% to 32%. a margin so large, young people were credited with putting him over the top in several key states. >> are you registered to vote? >> woodruff: surveys suggest he's sure to capture the majority of the youngest voter block again. but after four years of watching the president grapple with the realities of governing, they'
their fingers. it is the sort of irrational, angry behavior that obama detests more than anything. >> in your book, you are right in a very disspiriting way about the high wire negotiations over the debt ceiling last summer. if the price of politics this function? >> there is a lot of this function in all of this, but what has happened this, the united states has 16 trillion dollars in outstanding ious in the world, and we are spending a trillion dollars more each year than we have. so we have to go into the debt market regularly, and it puts everything in jeopardy, in peril. the treasury secretary, tim geithner, here in the u.s., is running around hollering fire. we've got to do something about this. the simple fact is that the politicians have not been willing to come up with a plan that would involve paying for republicans and democrats, something that is a compromise. so we head into this election with the financial house that is not in order. >> you are very clear in this book that this president, unlike previous presidents, has not worked his will. what are the consequences of that? >>
] >> this is the key. president obama is running for reelection. he understands that the last thing he needs is more uncertainty. oil prices could quadruple. plunging markets, more americans dying in afghanistan as a consequence of iran in troublemaker in -- troublemaking. as of right now, he does not accept the notion that this is a war of necessity. israel believes so, but no one else in the international community right now believes it. >> could there be a difference path for iran? >> i do not know. i suspect the intelligence agencies and the pentagon will provide cautionary tales and lay out their risks of what a unilateral american military strike would be like. this is not a 2012 issue. this will be joined sometime. the prime minister actually stated it -- >> next summer. >> yes. and he has compromised credibility and deterrent capacity because the truth is, no one is going to strike iran most likely until any time next spring. what good is a red line if you do not enforce it? >> just to move on, harsh words from the palestinian president about israeli settlements. not for the first time, but
secretary and president obama's economic advisor joined us from harvard university in davis his view of how the crisis has been handled. >> larry summers, another decision date for the euro. to you think it has been well managed to? >> this is not going to be a happy chapter in monetary history. i have often compared this to the vietnam war. american policy makers always did what was necessary to avoid immediate collapse and never did what was necessary to offer a prospect of a long run solution. eventually, the policy collapsed around it. >> let me ask you, do you believe in a year's time there will still be 17 members of the eurozone? >> there cannot be any guarantees. we do not what is going to happen. we do not what political conditions are going to permit in northern europe. we do not know what will happen with respect to on certain banking systems. but i think there is a proper judgment and having made the commitment to the era, the right path forward is to try to live with it and do what is necessary to make it work. >> if the euro were to collapse, how big of a deal with that before
the west should stand for its principles. i think that president obama, secretary of state clinton, and other leaders across the western world should explain over and over again to their colleagues in arab-muslim countries that what they are demanding is something that date as elected politicians simply cannot give to them. there is constitutionally protected speech. the films we have seen, the cartoons. that is protected in the united states by the first amendment. they just do not have the power to change any of that. the fact that, you know, the secretary of state in the united states saying this film is bad and reprehensible and disgusting -- that is an expression of her opinion. it is not a promise to introduce legislation to curb that. they should listen to the prime minister of turkey, the president of egypt, you know, the pakastani is. all these muslim countries. what they are really seeking is an amendment of the first amendment, and that just is not going to happen. >> should there not the laws against inciting, as it were, religious hatred? there are such laws in some co
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